The Saturday Question: Did You Use Organic Baby Food?

While most families want to feed their baby organic baby food, cost can sometimes be a barrier.  Did you splurge on organic meals for baby?  Did you find a way to offset the cost by making your own organic purees or harvesting produce from a family garden?  If you did buy prepared organic baby food, where did you find the best deals and the best quality? Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us this weekend!

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  1. McCaffreys (a grocery store in PA and NJ) has a store brand of organic baby food. Also Target has great prices on Earth’s Best.

  2. I’ve been making my daughter’s food, using fresh organic produce when I can find what I’m looking for and frozen when I can’t. When I’ve needed something “pre-made”, I’ve used Happy Baby frozen baby food to avoid the BPA in the lids of jarred baby food (unfortunately, it’s in all jarred baby food in the inside of the lid, even Earth’s Best). Every time I’ve bought Happy Baby’s organic oatmeal, there’s always been a coupon for their baby food for “buy one, get one free” so that’s been very helpful.

  3. I’ve done as much organic as possible. I’ve done frozen (Tastybaby) jarred by Earth’s Best and Gerber Organic, and made my own from organic produce, both fresh and frozen. While I do find the organic is a little bit more, I watch for sales and use coupons. Recently at BabiesRUs they had a sale on Gerber 8 of the 2 packs for $8. The sale was for stage 1 and stage 2, organic and not. So I bought all stage 2 organics, bigger packages and organics at the same sale price as non! I also stock up on the Earth’s Best cases when they go on sale at my local Safeway. At this point in his life my son eats such a small amount of food I can afford to make it organic.

  4. When my youngest was on baby food, I was fortunate enough to have a lot of fresh organic produce at my disposal. So I made my own, and filled in with the occasional jarred stuff. It’s very easy to do!

  5. I purchased only organic baby food for my daughter when she was learning what to eat. There were two Albertson’s in town, one on either side. Each one had its own selection and prices. There’s even a Henry’s. However, I found that it was cheapest to go to Albertson’s because they would have deals every other week on baby food and they would also give back coupons for the purchases previously made. This helped keep the prices down. Also, Target had its own selection as well as the local Vons. I kept track of when each store had a sale and I made sure to use my member card, even though I did the majority of my food shopping at Costco, Costco doesn’t have that wide of a selection of baby food for kids. I tried making some organic food for E, but she would only eat it freshly made. And, as for a mom working full time and taking care of her full time, and breastfeeding full time, I found it easier to track the sales and buy in bulk.

    As she grew older and into more “people” food, no longer mushy, I’d introduce the meals that I was preparing for myself. However, now, she and I eat separately prepared meals. She has food allergies and I’m a vegetarian, so that’s a bit more complicated. My best advice for working mom’s trying to do it all, watch the stores, become a grocery member, and try pureeing some food yourself.

  6. Hi everyone, I’m a journalism student at Columbia University. I’m working on a story about organic baby food in New York City. I’m trying to find a mom who makes her own baby food who would be willing to show me how she makes it on camera. If you are interested or know anyone who is interested, please e-mail me at ltt2105@columbia.edu.

    My deadline is March 6h so the sooner the better. Thanks everyone!

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